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I’ve never been a huge fan of martial arts movies. I have nothing against them, they’re just not my thing. I decided to check out The Sorcerer And The White Snake because the trailer was visually striking. While I had high hopes for this turning me into a hardcore martial arts movie fan, it simply didn’t deliver. I’m not saying this was a bad movie by any means. The story line was entertaining and emotional. The fight scenes was also entertaining to watch. So what keeps me from praising this movie? Most likely it was the over ambitious special effects, mixed with the over dramatic dialogue. The CGI wasn’t horrible, but by no means was it Avatar quality. The movie was almost completely filmed in front of a blue screen, and while you can sometime suspend disbelief and not realize it’s all CGI, it’s not long before you’re picking the visual effects apart. The drama is, from what I can tell, pretty standard fair for Asian cinema. If you already like kung fu movies, anime or even soap operas, you’ll probably like this movie more than I did.

This is an epic story about a forbidden love between a snake demon and a human. The sorcerer (Jet Li) has devoted his life to fighting demons and is determined to end the romance.  After several magical flying kung-fu fights, the characters are forced to re-examine themselves as well as their beliefs.

Overall this was a semi-decent movie. I give it a 5.5 out of 10

The DVD is already out for sale. It’s definitely worth a rent if you’re looking for a little fantasy or action. My wife liked this movie a lot more than I did, and she has pretty decent taste in movies.

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